Broadcast 1012 (Special Edition)

07 Sep 2008 Professor Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Mel Marsh
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Guest (first hour): Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz was the guest for this special Space Show television show filmed on location in beautiful Cape Canaveral, Florida. We started our interview by discussing the relevance of space law as well as recent changes in this area, particularly in regards to Earth observation and remote sensing. Professor Gabrynowicz went over the original purpose of satellites for scientific research and the process by which countries agree to make relevant data freely available to countries affected by a natural disaster. We also discussed several subjects including that there is now a "space law" section of the US Code, the purpose of space grant colleges and what they do, and the legal challenges facing spaceports. As the University of Mississippi Space Law Center recently graduated its first student, we asked Joanne to define "space lawyer" and tell us about a little about the space law certificate offered by Ole Miss, the Bar exam, the future prospects of space law, and much more. You will want to hear more about the demand for this growing field. Joanne also told us what constitutes a treaty, the rights and obligations made even if a country tries to back out of a treaty, the Outer Space Treaty and how it handles space pollution and property rights, and how the "Law of the Sea" treaty relates to space. You will want to hear what Joanne had to say about informed consent law and why experimental spacecraft, such as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, does not fall under aviation law. Guest (second hour): Mel Marsh was our guest for the second segment of our program. We started our discussion by asking Mel how the jump was made from a bachelors degree in Anthropology from Emory to a masters in Space Studies from UND, as well as being the odd guy out in the space world. You'll want to hear this discussion. We then discussed Astrosociology, its purpose, the challenges it faces in getting recognized by professional organizations and in academia. Mel answered several questions about the UND Space Studies graduate experience including favorite courses, the advantages and disadvantages of distance education, background differences between UND students, academic politics, as well as telling us a little about the IRB and why it is important. There were many more subjects covered in the show, so you have a most interesting hour long discussion to hear. If you have any questions for either of our guests, please send them to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward them to the appropriate person.

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